Royal Wedding Flowers

Meghan Markle's Bridal Bouquet: The flowers

Wasn't it fun to watch the royal wedding with real-time anticipation for the dress, the bouquet, the car on loan from the Queen, the invited guests and so much more. I was so amazed that the organizers were able to keep so many of the royal wedding details a secret until each impressive moment. Broadcasters and royal family experts were surprised and delighted when they saw Meghan's dress designed by Claire Waight Keller of Givenchy, a designer who was not on a lot of the short lists commentators had created. 

Those that speculated about the flowers in the bridal bouquet suggested she would carry one of Princess Diana's favorite flowers - white Garden Roses. Instead the bouquet included Forget Me Nots and Lily of the Valley, both part of the recipe from Diana's own dramatic cascading bouquet. According to several sources, Prince Harry picked some of the flowers for the bouquet from their private gardens. (Did you see the BBC tweet that suggested "find someone who looks at you the way Harry looks at Meghan?") 


What a pretty bouquet it was and so very delicate. This particular Phillippa Craddock design is quite dimiuitive compared to the bigger, naturally cascading bouquets popular among many brides in the United States. A quick look at her web-site, though, shows that many of her designs are much bigger and fuller. Are we learning that this is a style popular among the "royals"?

The bouquet was packed with tradition. Myrtle was said to carried by Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Victoria, and is a symbol of love. Diana carried Forget Me Knots and Lily of the Valley, as did Kate Middleton, in honor of her mother-in-law, when she married Prince William. Since all of the photos of the bouquet are copyrighted, we've included a link to a post that has lots of pretty pictures. Enjoy!

Will Meghan Markle's bouquet have a flower variety from Diana's?

As you can imagine, my favorite part of a royal wedding is the flowers. Yes, we are surrounded by flowers every day. But, I like that the Royal family weddings have always included blooms with special meaning. For example, Queen Victoria carried Snowdrops in a bouquet that also included the Royal trademark Lillies of the Valley, because they were cousin Albert's favorite flowers.

I might have been a little too young to remember many details from the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, but my sister Heather ernestly watched the entire coverage with our grandmother Sybil and her best friend Ruth Vanderhoof. Later, at 16, when I helped Heather design her own cascading bouquet (1990), we included Stephanotis and Ivy, just like Diana's.

It will be quite surprising if Meghan Markle's bouquet cascades like Diana's. We can't wait to see the design by Phillipa Craddock.

Earlier this week, we found some posts that suggest Meghan's bouquet may pay tribute to Diana's bouquet in the form of white Garden Roses. We decided it would be interesting to diagram the flowers in her bouquet for you to see. The pictures on the internet are quite grainy since they were taken on film. It's really hard to identify the smallest flowers but we know that the bouquet included Stephanotis, Freesia and Lillies of the Valley. You can use the button below to read the blog by that we used as our source to identify the flowers used in Diana's bouquet.

J. Morris Flowers diagram of Princess Diana's bouquet. 

J. Morris Flowers diagram of Princess Diana's bouquet. 

Mirror Pix

Mirror Pix

Here's a side view of Diana's bouquet where you can see the Stephanotis and Freesia that would be wired to reach the cascade holder. Gardenia, Garden Roses and Lillies of the Valley are in the bulkier part of the bouquet at the top. And finally, we see the Orchids on the far left with their rose colored centers.

Below is just one of the posts that we found referencing the white Garden Roses featured in Meghan's bouquet. 

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